Bulgaria’s William Cholov won the most anticipated male final at the EUBC Junior Boxing Championships01 June 2019
The second part of the finals with 13 male title contests was held in the eighth competition day at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships today. Russia claimed five gold medals in the male part of the competition but Bulgaria’s three titles are also a remarkable one. The most anticipated fight of the day was won by Bulgaria’s William Cholov who remained unbeaten in the EUBC events.
The host of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships was the city of Galati, Romania where boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 were eligible to attend in the event.
The following 35 nations took part in the event with 400 female and male boxers: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion and EUBC European Schoolboy Champion William Cholov moved up to the light middleweight (70kg) in the recent months. The 16-year-old Bulgarian had to meet for the title with Russia’s Mikhail Usov who is also EUBC European Junior and Schoolboy Champion from the previous two years. The Bulgarian boxer started the first minute better and his counter-attacks were enough quick to reach the target. Cholov surprised his Russian opponent with his rapid combinations and his hooks worked well producing smart boxing today. Cholov was confident and his counter-style delivered for him a fantastic success and three-in-a-row EUBC title.
Surprise of the day
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Krasimir Dzhurov began boxing at the age of 7 and since than he had more than 100 bouts already but he was not the main favourite of his category. The Bulgarian light bantamweight (52kg) boxer proved better performance in the title contest in comparison to his semi-final. Dzhurov opened the first round better than Russia’s Junior National Champion Aleksey Shendrik and in the second he raised his tempo. The referee counted the Russian in the second round and Dzhurov won Bulgaria’s second gold medal in Galati.
Romania’s Junior National Cup winner Cristinel Costel Mazareanu was the host nation’s first finalist in Galati who had to meet with Ukraine’s Danylo Dryzhak. The Ukrainian pinweight (46kg) boxer was taller than his Romanian opponent and landed clear punches in each of the round. Dryzhak gave in everything in the third against his tiring Romanian rival and won the first male gold medal in Galati.
Ireland’s Michael Donoghue performed world class in the previous stages of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Galati. The Irish light flyweight (48kg) boxer had such tough opponent as promising Dmytro Molodan of Ukraine which was one of the most anticipated fights in the event. Donoghue felt the best attacking moments and landed combinations with perfect timing therefore his hand was raised after the last gong of their final.
Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov won the pinweight (46kg) at the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships last October. Since then the 16-year-old talent moved up to the flyweight (50kg) and advanced to his next final. Rosenov reduced the fighting distance against Russia’s Aleksei Starodubtsev successfully in the first round and launched tough jabs from closer distance. The Bulgarian dominated all seconds of their fight and claimed his second EUBC European junior title.
Romania’s Adrian Florin Preda claimed silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and the bantamweight (54kg) boxer repeated that performance in Galati as well. The 16-year-old Romanian had to meet with Russia’s technician Mikhail Grigorian and shocked his opponent in the first round with one tough jab. Following that moment, the Russian, who earned also silver in the last edition, was more active and turned back their fight achieving his first big junior title.
EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Ivan Kobzev was too strong at the featherweight (57kg) final and overwhelmed Ukraine’s Viacheslav Bryhadenko in their final. The third Russian gold medal at the male finals was captured by Magomed Mamaev who was confident against Belarus’ Matsvei Davydau from the opening seconds. Mamaev dominated all of the rounds against his Belarusian opponent who was satisfied with his silver medal.
Italy’s Cuban-descent Yoel Carlo Angeloni was almost untouchable in the previous round of the competition in Galati. The 16-year-old Italian light welterweight (63kg) boxer had excellent footwork in the first round against Russia’s Aleksandr Zyrianov who eliminated Turkey’s 15-year-old Bilge Kagan Kanli in the semi-finals. The Russian boxer exceeded the expectations with his combinations and he was competitive for Angeloni. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the technician Italian which contest was one of the closest ones of the day.
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboy Champion Akim Pavliukov used his height advantage during his road to the finals of the middleweight (75kg). The 16-year-old Russian increased his motivation after his RSC success against Croatia’s Antonio Grabic in the last four. Pavliukov met with Ukraine’s Yehor Fedosenko for the title and he followed his well-built strategy from the first seconds. The Russian boxer controlled their final with his longer reach and tactically became better than the Ukrainian.
In the next Russia vs. Ukraine final fight at the light heavyweight (80kg) Matvii Razhba started better than Nikita Lebedev and worked well in their spectacular title bout. The Ukrainian Razhba had a great finish in the third round and thrashed his Russian opponent in their final. In the last bout of the whole competition England’s EUBC European Schoolboy Champion Enriko Itauma was too strong for Armenia’s Hovhannes Papazyan in the final of the heavyweight (+80kg).